Community Redevelopment Agency - March 9, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency
Regular Meeting
March 9, 2021

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Daniel Diesel, Vice-Chairperson Jo Lynn Nelson and Members Greg Aker, Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, Jim Ball, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez who also completed the minutes. 


Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

Chairperson Diesel asked for a moment of silence and then led the entire assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez read the procedure for public comment.


Approval of Minutes 

Motion:
Member Robinson moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:  

Member Aker             Yes
Member Robinson     Yes
Member Jordan          Yes
Chairperson Diesel     Yes
Vice-Chair Nelson       Yes
Member Stoeckel        Yes
Member Ball                Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Special Recognitions and Presentations

Community Policing Update – Lieutenant Josh Little from the Titusville Police Department provided an annual update of the CRA’s Community Policing activities. The presentation was outlined as follows:  

    CRA Police Initiatives October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020
    Enforcement Activities – CRA Details
    Traffic – Total Yearly
    Burglaries – Total Yearly
    Burglary Comparison – CRA/Citywide
    Cases of Interest
    Questions

The presentation was informational only. No action was required by the Community Redevelopment Agency. 


Member Ball requested an update that included information on how many of the accidents included in the report involved pedestrians in the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) district. He was interested in finding out if there was any increase of risk due to the growth of pedestrian traffic in the downtown district. 


Old Business 

Sand Point Park Fence Options – The request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to select a style of fencing for the Sand Point Park playground. Executive Director Larese advised that after the style of fence was selected by the CRA, a bid package would be prepared and the County would be asked to review the impact to the interlocal agreement prior to any installation.

A consensus was reached by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to not move forward with the proposed fencing at Sand Point Park at this time.


New Business 

Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency – The request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to review and approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency and approve transmittal to the taxing authorities to meet the March 31st deadline. After the financial audit information has been completed, it would be added to the report and posted as permitted by the Florida Statutes.

Stan Johnston referenced an e-mail he sent to the Community Redevelopment Agency discussing several issues he had with the City. 

Motion:
Member Jordan moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

Member Robinson        Yes
Member Jordan            Yes
Chairperson Diesel       Yes
Vice-Chair Nelson         Yes
Member Stoeckel          Yes
Member Ball                  Yes
Member Aker                 Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 


Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Capital Project Objectives for FY2022 – The request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency to provide direction to staff regarding FY2022 Capital Project Objectives. 

Executive Director Larese advised that Staff was in the process of preparing the Fiscal Year 2022 CRA Budget. Last year's projects involved funding lighting, sidewalk infill, security cameras, building funds for a Spaceview Park connecting pier, sewer infrastructure upgrades, and the Agency's Building Grants Program.

The Community Redevelopment Agency came to a consensus of approval for the recommended Capital Projects, but also agreed they would like to see a few additional projects added should funding become available. The Community Redevelopment Agency had specific interest in the following areas: sewage infrastructure, additional downtown parking, concrete street repairs, beautifying the downtown, and Scobie Park viewing area.

Stan Johnston stated that he sent the Community Redevelopment Agency an e-mail regarding parking and that he felt that there was plenty of parking downtown along Indian River Avenue that was not being utilized. 


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present

Stan Johnston distributed two handouts to the Community Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Johnston spoke of his concerns with the maintenance of the floodways within the City.


Executive Director’s Report 

Executive Director Larese submitted his written report and advised that all items were informational only. 


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:42 p.m.